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Superb first round in Rome

08.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger showed an excellent match against Juan Ignacio Chela (ATP 30) in Rome today. He beat the Argentinian 6-2, 6-1 in 68 minutes in his quest for a first title at the Masters Series tournament.


Upon his first appearance in the "Foro Italico" since 2004 - when he was defeated in the second round by Albert Costa - Roger was clearly in charge. He scored a total of eleven break-balls, five of which he made use of, three aces and a positive ratio of winners to unforced errors (29-23). The new head-to-head is now at 0-4 from Chela's point of view; only upon one occasion was the Argentinian able to score a set.


Roger has defeated both possible opponents for the next round in the one match they have disputed. He won against Dimitri Tursunow (ATP 32) on his way to the title in Key Biscayne this year; Potito Starace (ATP 81) lost to Roger in Gstaad in 2004. The Italian - who should be even stronger with the fantastic spectators supporting him - has been Roger's training partner on several occasions.

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05/10/2006 | 07:26 PM
Bravo!Good match with Starace!But I was a litlle beet worried!I don't know what happend with u...... Anyway congratulations
I suppose that it was very hard one....
Good luck in your next match!u are going to need it......

take care......
05/10/2006 | 04:07 PM
Go Roger Go!! You have to beat Nadal in this tournament, you can do it!! We all are sure of that...
05/10/2006 | 03:39 PM
Congratulations on your great first round, Roger!
I'm sure that you'll play well today too and win.
keep it up!!

05/10/2006 | 03:29 PM
So, excellent match against Juan Ignacio Chela !!!! Can't see it, but it is nice to follow the news, by visiting your webside!!

Nice pictures of you in Rome, you are sure having a good time!!!
Wish i could be there!
05/10/2006 | 03:05 PM
dear rogi,
just wanna congrats the victory and wish you good luck against Starace.i don't think the spectator will cause any problem.you are the best!
love you,rog!

05/10/2006 | 02:02 PM
All the best in the next round. I`am always with you. Take care of yourself.
05/10/2006 | 11:58 AM
Nice result against Chela! I wish you all the best for the rest of the tournament! Good luck!

05/10/2006 | 12:45 AM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning your 1st match, Rome Masters Series.
Your clay court game has certainly improved this season[not to say it was bad anyway]. Yesterday,it was pleasing to see you come into the net quite a lot--when you were able t
05/09/2006 | 11:58 PM
Woa, woa, Roger congratulations for the game, you play realy good!!!
Good lucky in you nex game
05/09/2006 | 10:55 PM
hi Roger, I just wanted to say that you played amazingly. Congratulations! Keep on winning.
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